Behind the Scenes With NCIS: New Orleans,
Mardi Gras kicks off Feb. 28, and we’ve got N’awlins on our mind. Who better to uncover New Orleans’ top spots than the stars of NCIS: New Orleans, who’ve been investigating all the city has to offer since they began filming on location there in 2014? During a recent visit to the NCIS: New Orleans set during production on a crossover with the original NCIS series (the two-part episode airs on CBS Feb. 14), the stars sat down with Parade’s Josh Wigler to share their picks for the best of the Big Easy.
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Special Agent Dwayne Pride “We take bike rides right along the Mississippi River. I grew up in St. Louis, so I always say I grew up on the river. I have a great affinity and respect for the Mississippi, so I love being around it.”
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Daryl “Chill” Mitchell computer specialist Patton Plame “My favorite restaurant is Willie Mae’s. The food is incredible, and so are the people. You’re not just eating: You’re eating and you’re getting a story. The food is part of the story of New Orleans.”
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CCH Pounder medical examiner Loretta Wade
“The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is a training ground for professional musicians and students. They have a fabulous space with wonderful acoustics and a concert hall.”
The mighty Mississippi plays a big role in the geography of New Orleans, and for good reason: The city is home to the 2,320-milelong river’s deepest point, dipping to
200 feet near Algiers Point.
The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is the centerpiece of Musicians’ Village, a neighborhood for musicians who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina, built by NOLA natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis.
Willie Mae’s serves up America’s best fried chicken, according to both the Food Network and the Travel Channel.